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Miller, Blocher, Charles Center for Firearms Law faculty co-directors Darrell Miller and Joseph Blocher and executive director Jake Charles

Duke Law's Second Amendment scholars highly cited in closely watched gun case

Scholarship by Duke Center for Firearms Law faculty was cited in a quarter of the 84 briefs filed in a major gun rights case before the Supreme Court, demonstrating the center’s emergence as a leading source on Second Amendment issues. 

Oral arguments were held Nov. 3 in New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc. v. Bruen, in which the Court will rule on the constitutionality of New York’s “proper cause” law regulating handgun carry licenses. Work by Lanty L. Smith ’67 Professor Joseph Blocher and Melvin G. Shimm Professor of Law and Associate Dean Darrell Miller were cited in support of more than 20 amicus briefs, as was their book, The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller (Sept. 2018, Cambridge University Press). Read more here

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Deciphering the Arguments in NYSRPA v. Bruen

At this Nov. 11 event, Joseph Blocher and Jake Charles of Duke Law's Center for Firearms Law host a discussion with Mary McCord of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center. The conversation focuses on takeaways from the Nov. 3 Supreme Court oral arguments in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the first major Second Amendment case the Court will decide in a decade.

Jerry W. Blackwell: Race, Policing, and Activism

Duke Law professors H. Timothy Lovelace and Trina Jones, who also directs the Center on Law, Race, and Politics, spoke with Jerry W. Blackwell on Sept. 20, 2021 at the virtual event UNIV 101 Presents: Race, Policing, and Activism. Attorney Blackwell was a member of the prosecution team and made opening and closing statements in the internationally-broadcast trial that resulted in the conviction of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

Bolch Prize for the Rule of Law

On June 30 the Bolch Prize for the Rule of Law honored two remarkable judges, both of whom were born in apartheid-era South Africa. Justice Dikgang Moseneke of the South Africa Constitutional Court (2020 Prize recipient) and Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (2021 Prize recipient) spoke about the importance of the rule of law, human rights, and dignity, and how their different experiences informed their jurisprudence in a celebration hosted by PBS Newshour’s Judy Woodruff.

Lawyers & Leaders | Marc Elias '93

Dean Kerry Abrams speaks with Marc Elias '93, founder of Democracy Docket, chair of the political law group Perkins Coie in Washington, and one of the nation's foremost authorities on campaign finance, voting rights, redistricting law, and litigation, as part of the dean's Lawyers & Leaders series. 

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